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Merry and Bright Christmas Lights Home Tour 2018

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Welcome to the Merry and Bright Christmas Lights Home Tour 2018! I’ll be joining 14 other bloggers as we open our homes to share magical Christmas lights at night.

I am excited to join my friend Brittany from Our Home Made Easy who is hosting today’s Christmas light home tour.

Red ribbon and bright lights on a Christmas tree indoors at night.

See more Christmas DIYs, crafts, and home decor ideas here!

I’ve been making a list and checking it twice!

However, it seems like I’m still forgetting things on a daily basis. Christmas season can feel incredibly hectic with school activities, friend and neighbor gatherings, shopping, cookie making.

All good things, but the list goes on! Can you relate?

Today, I want to encourage you to take a short break.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of the holiday season.

Let’s remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

Take a moment to appreciate the blessings in your life. Even if your home isn’t perfect (I have yet to see one that is!), smile and know that your home is your haven!

Appreciate the nostalgia of some of your oldest Christmas decorations. Reflect on the years that have passed.

Light some candles and turn on your pretty Christmas lights and favorite Christmas music!

With that, welcome to the Merry and Bright Christmas Lights Tour 2018 at Love Our Real Life:

Our hearth room, just off of our kitchen:

Night view of indoor room with lights on Christmas tree, several candles, Merry Christmas candle, and fireplace.

I’m a sucker for traditional Christmas red and green. I also had to add some buffalo plaid as I might be slightly obsessed;-)

Traditional indoor Christmas tree with lights on at night.
Red candle burning in drift wood candle holder with light Christmas tree in background.
Close up of red, burning candle and faux tiny Christmas tree in decor table basket with lighted full sized Christmas tree in background,
Christmas pillow that reads "Merry Christmas" with furry oversized pillow on love seat with candle burning on side table.

Looking through the windows to our covered deck:

Even if it’s too cold to go outside, I love to light some candles on our deck to enjoy from indoors! 

Baby it’s cold outside!

Close up of Christmas tree at night with candles burning on deck table in background.

Our Advent calendar:

Our family of four each drew six of the 24 days (December 1-24) from a hat. We are each responsible for putting a note or small gift in each of the six boxes representing the numbers we drew.

It’s been a fun (and interesting!) family activity that I hope to continue each year.

Need some inspiration for your Advent calendar? I’ve got you covered with this recent post that gives lots of ideas on what to put in all those boxes!

Advent calendar house with bright burning candle, stack of books, and Christmas decor.

Our piano:

My kids have an amazing piano teacher, and for that I am so grateful.

One of my favorite things this time of year is to listen to them play beautiful Christmas music as they prepare for their annual Christmas piano recital.

It’s like having a concert at my own home!

Black, chalk-painted piano with large candle and Christmas decor on top.

Our cozy basement:

I have recently completed a TON of basement updates. We all are enjoying a “new to us” place to hang out.

Indoor Christmas tree at night with lights on, red bow on top of tree. Candlelight and other low lights surrounding the coach and television viewing area.

This second tree in our basement is where I keep all of the Christmas presents for anyone that will be receiving their gift before Christmas.

Teachers’ gifts, coworker presents, neighbor gifts – They all go under this tree.

If I keep it all organized from the very beginning, there is much less organization and gift-hunting that is required later.

Small indoor Christmas tree with red ribbon in the basement with candles lit, fireplace burning.
Close up of Christmas tree with red ribbon on top with candles burning at night for ambiance.

There is something magical about a fire and candlelight, isn’t there?

Three candles burning on hearth with fireplace burning.
Burning fireplace and four burning candles in a basement with gray stone.

Not much Christmas behind our basement bar, but these lights give us a treat throughout the year!

Basement lit at night with dimmable lighting around bar area.

The lonely Christmas decor behind our bar is the crystal Christmas tree I have had since college.

Rustic wood shelving with candle burning in glass.

It sits on the rustic shelves my husband, Jason and I made.

‘Love Never Fails’ is what Jason had engraved on the inside of my wedding ring.

Don’t you just love decor that has meaning?

Candle burning on wood shelving with stack of books with crystal Christmas tree on top of books.

Interested in seeing some of the basement before and afters?

My front porch:

Our “Joy” wood sign has “Welcome” on the other side. I just flip it back around after the holidays!

"Joy" painted on rustic wood sign with small outdoor lighted Christmas tree on front porch.

And, last but not least,

Our little outdoor tree with twinkle lights:

Tightly wrapped outdoor tree for Christmas at dusk.


Collage of Christmas decor for blogger home tour.

Our Home Made Easy 

The American Patriette

The Small Stuff Counts

Living Letter Home

Collage of four bloggers homes at night for Merry and Bright Christmas home tour 2018.

Keys to Inspiration.

Crafty Life Mom

Love Our Real Life

Blue Agate Abode

Several bloggers homes in a collage photo announcing the Christmas at night home tour 2018.

Keri Lynn Snyder

Coffee, Pancakes and Dreams

Mommy With a Hobby or Two

Gather Home and Design

3 images of Christmas trees in a collage for Merry and Bright Home Tour.

This Full Life 5

Never Skip Brunch

Dreams and Coffee

 Thanks so much for joining me this year for the Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour 2018!

Don’t forget to PIN this to your favorite Christmas Pinterest board for later. There are lots of pretty homes to see!

collage of 15 homes decorated for Christmas at night,

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  1. So beautiful I love Christmas trees I sometimes drive around just to look at the lights in my neighborhood Happy holidays to you and yours. Your home looks very inviting And cozy.

  2. I just love looking at other people’s Christmas decorations! Your home is beautiful. I love the simple decorations you’ve chosen for Christmas this year. And it’s great that you have so many different trees!

  3. Your home looks like it belongs in a home decor magazine! I love the clean and cozy aesthetic. Piano space especially is great for Christmas! My parents have a piano on top of which goes a really elaborate Nativity scene that’s always fun to set up and beautiful to look at.

  4. I am loving that cozy basement! My husband hangs out in his man cave basement constantly. Yours looks so cozy and inviting!

  5. Beautiful decorations! I was happy that you included your piano! I teach piano lessons and I enjoy listening to the Christmas music at their lessons. I always think that the parents surely enjoy listening to their children make music!

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